[Rushtalk] RINO Rick getting one thing right Send 1000 National Guard To The Border
Carl William Spitzer IV
cwsiv at copper.net
Sun Aug 17 11:09:09 MDT 2014
Breaking: Gov. Perry To Send 1000 National Guard To The Border
Via The Monitor:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to announce Monday that 1,000 U.S.
National Guard troops will be deployed to the Rio Grande Valley,
according to an internal memo detailing the plan obtained on
State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, confirmed that Perry
is set to announce the deployment on Monday.
“Gov. Perry plans to hold a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m.
and he is calling up the National Guard to help out on the
border,” Hinojosa said Sunday evening. “Of course, we are
opposed to bringing up the National Guard. We do not need to
militarize the border. These are families and children. We need
to manage the situation.”
The National Guard troops will be deployed to the Valley to join
the Texas Department of Public Safety in its recent surge to
combat human smuggling and drug trafficking amid the influx of
mostly Central Americans illegally crossing the Rio Grande.
“This is not a militarization of the border,” the memo states.
“The DPS and the National Guard are working to keep any drug and
human trafficking south of (U.S. Highway) 83 and with the goal
of keeping any smuggling from entering major highways to
transport East/West/and North.”
DPS officials want to send National Guard troops into western
areas of the Valley and the ranch lands further north, according
to the memo.
“Smuggling has supposedly according to DPS moved West on the
border with an increase in Jim Hogg County,” the memo states.
“DPS especially wants to apply the Guard in the rural areas to
The National Guard deployment will cost up to $12 million per
month, with $9.8 million of that personnel and vehicle costs and
another $2.4 million estimated to cover the cost of helicopters.
“It would take a month to get 1,000 troops on the ground but
they will only slowly call up the troops,” the memo states.
Activating the National Guard alongside DPS personnel will bring
Texas’ total cost of deploying additional resources to the surge
to $5 million per week.
“It is not clear where the money will come from in the budget,” the memo
states, adding that Perry’s office has said the money will come from
“non critical” areas, such as health care or transportation.
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